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Jordanian government understands that Hamas does not consider the
possibility of Jordan as an alternative "homeland" for the Palestinian
people, a member of Hamas's political bureau told pan-Arab daily Al Hayat in an interview published Friday.
brothers in Jordan know very well that we reject the idea of a
surrogate homeland, an option still carried by some Israeli leaders,"
Izzt Al-Rishq told Al Hayat. "We do not accept any substitute for Palestine despite our appreciation and pride for Jordan."
Jordan: Our relations are with PA, not Hamas
"Palestine is Palestine, and Jordan is Jordan," Rishq clarified.
comments come amid rumors that an upcoming visit by Hamas leader Khaled
focus around reopening Hamas's political bureau in the Hashemite
was expelled along with all other Hamas diplomats from Jordan in 1999
when the Islamist group's offices in Amman were closed.
Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh reiterated following meetings
with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah that the
Hashemite Kingdom would not form bilateral relations with Hamas, adding
that were Mashaal to visit Amman, his trip would be a "quick one."
A week after Judeh made those comments, Hamas announced that Mashaal's visit
to Jordan was suspended indefinitely, citing a "lack of commitment"on th
e Jordanian side, according to the Jordan Times.