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International tensions flare over Miss Israel’s selfie with Miss Lebanon

The conflict between the two nations even made its way to the Miss Universe pageant.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Jan 18, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 6:02 pm CDT

Miss Lebanon Saly Greige is defending herself after critics claimed she took a selfie with Miss Israel during the Miss Universe pageant.

The Miss Universe contestants are currently in Miami preparing for the pageant, which airs Jan. 25, and when they aren’t competing or making promotional content, they may have a moment or two to relax and keep their fans entertained with behind-the-scenes photos. Last week, Miss Israel Doron Matalon posted a seemingly innocent photo of herself, Greige, and contestants from Slovenia and Japan.

Matalon, on the other hand, didn’t back down from the photo and lamented that the hostile relationship between Israel and Lebanon couldn’t be put aside for a few weeks while women from around the world gathered together in one place.

“It doesn’t surprise me, but it makes me sad,” she wrote.

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H/T Al Arabiya News | Photo via Iconosquare

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*First Published: Jan 18, 2015, 4:59 pm CST