Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau
German Justice Ministry spokeswoman Anne Zimmermann told reporters Wednesday that a draft law should be ready by the fall.
"We take this request very seriously, of course, and will submit a draft as soon as possible, but also examine all aspects with due diligence," she said.
Earlier in the week, Israel's Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger met with German government officials in Berlin in efforts to find a solution to the crisis.
According to Die Welt newspaper, Metzger said that a proper 'brit milah' (circumcision) does not cause suffering: "We give the infant a drop of sweet wine and then he falls asleep," he said, adding that in the rare case of complications, doctors and not mohels are usually to blame.
Meanwhile, former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau denounced the Germans for their opposition to circumcisions. "It is an amazing thing (to see) German speakers discover they are sensitive to a baby's cry…I did not experience this in my childhood," he noted with open cynicism.
The Jewish child's life was meaningless to the Germans in his time, Rabbi Lau added, "to be treaded upon by every Gestapo (officer's) boots and the German people cooperated or watched from the sidelines."
In an interview with 'Kol Chai' radio the rabbi added: "We do not need a license from them (Germans) to live as Jews. If this is the state of affairs we have no reason to be there (Germany). Perhaps it is all for the best and the Jews who are there will understand that they don't belong there."
The rabbi also attacked the proposal by which German doctors would train Jewish mohels. "This is anti-Semitism," he claimed, adding: "Our mohels have vast experience. Rabbi Goldberg (the rabbi currently being sued in Germany) circumcised over 3,000 children, he says without fault."