Trump: A Resolution for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 'Is Something That Could Happen'

'We are working on a resolution,' Trump says in press conference with Kuwaiti Emir

Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, Kuwait's emir, U.S. President Donald Trump, at the Oval Office of The White House Sept. 7, 2017.
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U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday he thinks there is a chance there could be peace between Israel and the Palestinians. "It is something that could happen," he said at a joint news conference with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, adding that the U.S. is "working on a resolution."

Trump is expected to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this month  to discuss his planned peace initiative, senior Israeli and Palestinian officials told Haaretz.

These would be Trump’s first meetings with Netanyahu and Abbas since his visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority in May.

Trump also issued a warning to Syria, saying the U.S. would be "extremely upset" if Assad were to use chemical weapons in Syria. His remarks came a day after Israel allegedly struck a weapons manufacturing plant in Syria.

The president also touched on the ongoing dispute between Qatar and neighboring Arab states, saying he was willing to step in and mediate. "If I can help mediate between Qatar and, in particular, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, I would be willing to do so, and I think you would have a deal worked out very quickly," he said.

On the subject of North Korea, Trump said Pyongyang "is behaving badly and it's got to stop." He added that military action is an option against a nuclear-armed North Korea, but "nothing is inevitable." If military action is eventually taken, he said, it would be "a very sad day for North Korea."