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New Saudi ambassador arrives in Ramallah, expresses support for Palestinian state

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Tuesday’s events as they unfold.

Erdogan says Netanyahu will visit Turkey in next two months

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will make a visit to Turkey in the next two months.

“I think Netanyahu’s visit to Turkey, which was postponed due to illness, will take place around October-November, and contacts are still ongoing in order to hold it at the most appropriate time,” Erdogan says.

Netanyahu was due to travel to Turkey in July, but postponed the trip as he had a pacemaker implanted.

The two leaders met for the first time last week on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

It came amid a warming of ties between Israel and Turkey after years of animosity between the two countries’ leaders. President Isaac Herzog was hosted by Erdogan last March in Ankara — the first high-level Israeli visit since 2008 — and Foreign Minister Eli Cohen met the Turkish leader in February.

Then-prime minister Yair Lapid met with Erdogan in New York during last year’s General Assembly.

Two Jerusalem residents charged with transferring money to Hamas

Two Arab Israeli residents of East Jerusalem, Hadar Barani, 35, and Mohammad Nimar, 19, are charged with transferring money to the Hamas terror group.

The two are charged in Jerusalem District Court with contact with a foreign agent and contributing to terrorist acts.

Prosecutors ask that they be held in custody until the end of proceedings.

New Saudi ambassador arrives in Ramallah, expresses support for Palestinian state

Newly appointed Saudi ambassador to Palestine Nayef al-Sudairi arrives in Ramallah to present his credentials to the Palestinian Authority.

His arrival comes as Saudi Arabia edges closer to a normalization deal with Israel.

Al-Sudairi presents his credentials to PA President Mahmoud Abbas and to Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, who praises the depth of the deep-rooted historical and fraternal relations that bind the two people, according to the official Wafa news agency.

Al-Sudairi pointed to the statements of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salaman last week, “in which he clearly indicated his great interest in the Palestinian issue and the Palestinian people,” Wafa says.

He also refers to statements also made by Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan, “regarding the importance of the Palestinian issue and its solution on the basis of the two-state solution leading to the establishment of the State of Palestine.”

Al-Sudairi, who is also ambassador to Jordan, was recently appointed the first-ever non-resident Saudi ambassador to Palestine and consul general to Jerusalem.

Al-Sudairi says Saudi Arabia plans to open a consulate in East Jerusalem.

The visit comes as Israel and Saudi Arabia move closer to inking a US-brokered deal that would see Riyadh giving up on its earlier demand for a Palestinian state before normalization. However, the Saudis are still reportedly demanding significant Israeli concessions to the Palestinians as part of the deal.