Yedioth Ahronoth reports:
Eight months after learning that most pistachio nuts marketed in Israel come from Iran, the Knesset’s Finance Committee discussed the matter once again on Tuesday, following an additional request by the Tax Authority to impose a levy on roasted pistachio as well.
In February, the Tax Authority sought to impose the tax on fresh pistachio imported from Turkey. It was later discovered, however, that the nuts are produced in Tehran and that the Iranian manufacturers and exporters are aware of the great demand for their products in Israel and are exporting them through Turkey as they have no commercial ties with Israel.
Some 3,500 tons of pistachio nuts are imported from Turkey every year.