Former GOP rep: 'I think Obama is Muslim’

Former GOP rep: 'I think Obama is Muslim’
© Greg Nash

Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), a conservative radio host, said Thursday that President Obama "hates Israel" because "he has always been" a Muslim at heart.

Walsh, an outspoken supporter of President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE, added Thursday that many Republican lawmakers and conservative commentators agree with his assessment of Obama’s religion but are afraid of publicly criticizing it.

Walsh's comments on Twitter have raised eyebrows in the past, most recently in October, when he tweeted that "if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket."

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Israel is fuming after the U.S. abstained from voting last week on a United Nations Security Council resolution demanding it end its settlement building in occupied territories.

The U.S. could have vetoed the controversial measure but refrained, breaking from its longstanding policy of shielding Israel from U.N. reproaches.

Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryWill we ever have another veteran as president? The Memo: Can Trump run as an outsider? The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's reelection message: Promises kept MORE on Wednesday defended America’s abstention, characterizing the Israeli government’s settlement activities as an obstacle to peace with the Palestinians.

Republicans including Trump have panned the move. The president-elect has pledged a new day shall begin for Israeli-U.S. relations when he takes office.