Deputy Minister of Health (Yahadut HaTorah) Yaakov Litzman used his position to prevent the ministry from adhering to a request from an organization representing Israeli pediatricians seeking guidelines by the ministry forbidding metzitzah b’peh.
Israel’s organization representing the nation’s pediatricians is seeking to have the ministry release bris milah guidelines that prohibit metzitzah b’peh, but Litzman has intervened to prevent such a move.
Litzman explained the ministry has guidelines and he has no intensions of making any changes in line with this request. The pediatricians however are not willing to give up their cause, announcing they will be distributing an explanation sheet with their position to all women following birth. Such an information sheet will explain the dangers of infection or worse by permitting a mohel to conduct metzitzah without a glass tube, but with his mouth.
It should be pointed out that in Israel, the Chief Rabbinate permits using a glass tube if a mohel and the parents so decide.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)