A recent article in YNet revealed this ironic nugget: the US Ambassador to Israel has sent a letter to Israeli Finance Minister Ronnie Bar-On, excoriating Israel for illegally consuming Iranian pistachios nuts:
The US ambassadorâ€™s letter reveals another amazing fact: Israel is the largest per capita consumer of the pistachio. â€œI am writing to draw your attention to the troubling issue of illegal importation of pistachio of Iranian origin to Israel,â€ writes Jones.
â€œIsrael is the worldâ€™s largest per capita consumer of pistachio nuts and therefore an important market â€“ estimated at $20 million â€“ for pistachio producers…Evidence strongly suggests that most, if not all, of the pistachios entering Israel are actually of Iranian origin.â€
Anyone with even a passing knowledge of Israeli snacking habits will attest that Israel will be hard pressed to give up their pistachio addiction, no matter where the nuts actually come from. For its part, Israel claims it gets most of its pistachios from Turkey (yeah, right!)
The most priceless part of the article comes at the end, when journalist Nahum Barnea unabashedly editorializes on the scandal of the situation:
Every pistachio nut brings Iran another step closer to achieving nuclear capability…