Fluoridation of Israel’s drinking water is expected to be restored in the coming months, barring any bureaucratic or legal obstacles, according to the Health Ministry on Tuesday.
In “a few months,” fluoridation will be back, said Udi Kaliner, acting head of public health services in the ministry, quoted by The Jerusalem Post. However, that’s on condition that the council of the Water Authority headed by Giora Shaham approves it as expected and the High Court throws out a petition to block it.
The legal action was filed by former Health Minister Yael German (Yesh Atid), who discontinued fluoridation during her tenure in the previous Netanyahu government.
“All the regulations for water quality and fluoridation are in place. They have to be published to put them into effect, and the Water Authority council has to approve it. I agree that too much time has passed, but the process takes time,” Kaliner said.