Iran in uproar over 'Israeli fruit' - Israel Business, Ynetnews:
Tehran's Trade Ministry fights off exporter's claims that Islamic Republic is importing apples, oranges from Israel
Published: 05.29.11, 14:08 / Israel Business
Have Israeli fruits found their way to Iran? Deputy Iranian Trade Minister Hamid Safdel denied Sunday reports that the Islamic Republic has been importing fruit – mainly apple and oranges – from Israel.
The allegations were made by a senior Iranian exporter, who said the Israeli produce was finding its way to Tehran's markets via a third party.
"Safdel stressed that 'any kind of trade with the Zionists is forbidden… Since the inception of the Islamic Republic in 1979 no Zionist goods have been granted an import permit, even if they arrive through a third party.'
He further dismissed the reports as 'unrealistic,' adding that 'whoever made these allegations is basing them on external import data. There is no reasonable proof of this, so the statement cannot be believed.'"