"In the mid 1990s U.S. officials pressured Israel to block the import of Iranian nuts coming through EU member states and winding up in Israel." - Haaretz In the mid 90's all EU members were "old" Western countries. They were allowed to import pistachios, but Israel was asked not to buy from them. Same applies to Turkey today. Sounds ridiculous, and too self-serving for the US. I imagine that the American pistachios cost more to grow and cost more to ship to Israel. Why should little Israel be required to make a little dent in the Iranian exports, at some cost to itself, when "Italy, Afghanistan, Germany and Netherlands are among other major importers of Iran-made goods" (see #86)?
Palestinian youths throw stones at security forces in Shoafat, E. Jerusalem; none injured (Haaretz)
from the article: U.S. demands Israel crack down on illegal Iranian pistachio imports