(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The White House on Wednesday echoed earlier remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry, condemning "in the strong possible terms the heinous murder" of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Hussein Abu Khudair
"We send our condolences to his family and to the Palestinian people," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said during a briefing
"We note that Israeli Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu has called upon law enforcement authorities to work as quickly as possible to identify the perpetrators and motives behind this heinous act, and we hope to swiftly see the guilty parties brought to justice," Earnest said
"We call on the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to take all necessary steps to prevent an atmosphere of revenge and retribution," Earnest said. "People who undertake acts of vengeance will only destabilize an already volatile and emotional situation.