To establish peace, diplomatic and friendly relations, cooperation and the full normalization of relations between them and their peoples, in accordance with this Treaty, and to chart a new path together to exploit the immense potential of their countries and the region; The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation regretted that the agreement was reached without consultation with the Palestinians, although the agreement was linked to their future, and noted that the agreement did not guarantee a permanent suspension of the annexation of parts of the West Bank.  The contract was signed on September 15, 2020. The treaty recognizes the sovereignty of each state, obliges the two states to exchange ambassadors and conclude bilateral agreements on various subjects, including visa agreements, and will enter into force as soon as ratification.  The agreement was ratified by the Israeli government on 12 October and ratified by the Knesset on 15 October. Longtime New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who has written for decades on international geopolitics and has been a regular critic of Trump`s policies, hailed the deal as “exactly what Trump said in his tweet: a “huge breakthrough.”  On August 21, Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud wrote in an obvious response to Trump, who said on August 19 that he expected Saudi Arabia to accede to the agreement, that the price to pay for normalizing relations with Israel was the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. He added that any Arab country that wants to follow in the footsteps of the United Arab Emirates should in future demand a higher price from Israel for peace.  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the agreement as a path to peace in the Middle East and also welcomed the suspension of the annexation of territories in the West Bank. British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed similar sentiments, with the former adding that it was time for direct dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, while the latter said it created an opportunity to resume talks.  France and Germany saw the agreement as the hope of a two-state solution.  German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi to congratulate him.  Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the President of the United States, condemned Kuwait`s position.