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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 TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict 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 KerryOvernight Energy: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change through finance | Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' | Blinken says US falling behind China as global leader on climate change The shipping industry needs to move in line with the Paris Agreement 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.