Chairman Yoel Rozbozov of the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee said, Monday, that the committee would use all the tools at its disposal to prevent the recent Council of Europe recommendations against circumcision from becoming laws in the council's member states. Addressing an emergency committee meeting on the matter, he called on committee members to lobby members of the council against the recommendation.
Rozbozov said Jewish ritual must be maintained, whether is made illegal or not. He said if necessary, Israeli diplomatic facilities should take advantage of their sovereign status to be sites for hosting the ritual. Member of Knesset Ronen Hoffman (Yesh Atid), the Knesset's representative at the council, said there was a real danger of the national assemblies in the council's member states enacting laws in the spirit of the recommendation and that Israel must be pro-active in preventing that. Noting that the recommendation demeans Jewish and Muslim culture, he said it was possible for the two faiths to work together in their common interest to stop the phenomenon.