Israeli Cherries in Iran
By Micah Halpern
Thursday June 28, 2012
I've Been Thinking:
Wild and preposterous reports circulated throughout Iran yesterday. And then the impossible was confirmed.
Cherries sold in the markets of Iran were imported from ---- Israel.
How is that possible? There are no trade deals between Israel and Iran. There is no relationship between Israel and Iran. And yet - it has happened before. This is not the first time Iranians have tasted from the forbidden fruit of the Promised Land.
The cherries arrived through a third party. They were exported from Israel to a vendor and when Iran wanted cherries, these are the cherries that were sent.
It happened with Israeli oranges in 2009. Unlike the cherries, the oranges came wrapped and stamped with the words "Produce of Israel." In the case of the cherries, they probably arrived in a crate labeled "Product of Israel."
They were sweet cherries when they left Israel, I hope they didn't leave a sour taste in the mouths of Iranians.
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