The Israel-Syria apple trade

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Israel and Syria may officially be at war with one another, but that isn’t preventing a bustling apple trade between the two countries.

Starting yesterday, February 15, and lasting three weeks, all apples grown by Israeli farmers on the Golan Heights will be exported to Syria. An estimated 12,000 tons of apples will be exported every day.

This is the sixth consecutive year that Israel has been able to export its apples to its belligerent neighbor.

Of course, the Syrians will not do business directly with the Israelis, so the apples are transfered through third parties, the UN and the International Red Cross. The produce will make its way into Syria via the UN base that sits on the border of the two nations.

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