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This selfie has caused a bit of an international incident

But why?

FIRST, SELFIES BROKE Twitter. Now, they’re causing international incidents

Miss Israel Doron Matalon has found herself at the centre of a firestorm after she took this selfie with a few of her fellow Miss Universe contestants, including Miss Lebanon Sally Greige.

Looks fairly innocent, right?

selfie Source: Doron Matalon/Instagram

As Lebanon and Israel are still technically at war, Lebanese media have not taken kindly to the image of Miss Lebanon associating with Miss Israel.

According to NBC, Lebanese TV station Al Jadeed joked that since Miss Israel lists reading as one of her hobbies, she should have read somewhere that Israel and Lebanon are enemies.

Miss Lebanon has since said that she was essentially photobombed by Miss Israel and did not intend to take a selfie with her.

lebanon Source: Saly Griege/Facebook

Miss Israel, meanwhile, has expressed disappointment with the backlash, writing on Instagram that it made her “sad”.

It doesn’t surprise me, but it still makes me sad. Too bad you can not put the hostility out of the game, only for three weeks of an experience of a lifetime that we can meet girls from around the world and also from the neighboring country.

The Miss Universe pageant will take place next Sunday.

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