‘Wave of Islamisation’ sweeping Western Europe, Benjamin Netanyahu says

Benjamin Netanyahu triggered a potential new row with Europe on Sunday by claiming that “a wave of Islamisation” was sweeping the continent as police in Germany banned an anti-Muslim group from holding a mass rally amid a reported jihadist death threat against its leader.

The comments by Mr Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, were made as he disclosed Israel’s plans to expand trade with the Far East because of perceived rising hostility in Western Europe, the country’s biggest export market.

They risked being interpreted as a vindication of populist European anti-Islamist protest groups and came as the biggest such movement, Germany’s Pegida (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the Occident) was forced to call off Monday’s planned demonstration in Dresden.