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Her own country angry at her, Miss Lebanon distances herself from photo with Miss Israel

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Courtesy: Doron Matalon Instagram

MIAMI — The Miss Universe contestant from Lebanon is facing the wrath of her own country for appearing in a photo with Miss Israel, and now she’s trying to explain that the two really aren’t chummy.

Miss Slovenia and Miss Japan were also in the photo, but Lebanese citizens object to Miss Lebanon Saly Greige’s appearance next to Miss Israel Doran Matalon, due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and much of the Arab world.

The picture appeared on Matalon’s Instagram feed on January 11.

“Good morning from us!” it says.

In explanation to her country’s citizens, Saly Greige explained that since the beginning of the pageant, she has tried to avoid Miss Israel.

She released a statement that said she was posing for a photo with Miss Japan and Miss Slovenia when “suddenly Miss Israel jumped in, took a selfie, and put it on her social media.”

She asked for continued support from Lebanese.

As for Matalon, she responded to the controversy with this statement:

“It doesn’t surprise me, but it still makes me sad,” she said on social media.  “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.”