Miss Israel-Miss Lebanon Selfie Sparks Bizarre Political Controversy

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The Miss Universe pageant is supposed to be a display of international harmony and global unity at which representatives from all corners of the world gather together in the name of peace.

Unfortunately, the other 364 says of the year are filled with strife, conflict, and flat-out hatred amongst rival nations, and two young Miss Universe hopefuls are currently learning the hard way that some things are more important than the quest for the sparkly tiara.

Miss Israel, Miss Lebanon Selfie

The above photo was posted online by Miss Israel, Doron Matalon (far left). She shares the frame with several other contestants, including Miss Lebanon, Saly Griege (to Matalon's right).

The bloody conflict between Israel and Lebanon has gone on for decades and resulted in massive loss of life during a flare-up this past summer.

So it's not hard to see why a Lebanese television station deemed the controversial selfie inappropriate.

Griege says she agrees that the image of her smiling next to Matalon is upsetting, and she claims the controversial pic is the result of the world's most ill-advised photobomb:

"Since the first day of my arrival to participate in Miss Universe, I was very cautious to avoid being in any photo or communication with Miss Israel," Griege wrote on her Facebook page.

"I was having a photo with Miss Japan, Miss Slovenia and myself; suddenly Miss Israel jumped in, took a selfie, and posted it on social media."

Matalon has a different of the so-called "selfie heard 'round the world," and she claims to be "saddened" by Griege's explanation.

"We need to remember that we represent the country and the people, not the government and not the political issues," Matalon said while appearing on Today this morning.

Let this be a lesson to all aspiring beauty pageant contestants: sometimes the most damaging bombs of all, are photobombs...or something like that.

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