Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, is representing her country at the upcoming Miss Universe pageant, and because she wants their support for the voting aspect, she's being careful with the other contestants she associates with. One of those is Miss Isreal, since both neighbouring countries are not exactly on very good terms.
However, Miss Israel, Doron Matalon wants to bury the hatchet, at least at the event and between them as personal friends. She took a selfie in which Miss Lebanon appears and posted it on social media. While Miss Lebanon did not protest at the time, she has now written an apology to her fans explaining she did not consent to the picture, and also cropped out Miss Isreal in the contentious photo.
In the apology, Miss Lebanon angrily blames Miss Israel for pushing herself into the photo and says she has gone out of her way, since the start of the pagaent, to NOT appear in any photos with Miss Israel. She wrote,
"To all my supporters and Lebanese citizens, I would like to thank you indeed for your continuous support of Miss Lebanon at the Miss Universe contest …The truth behind the photo: Since the first day of my arrival to participate to Miss Universe, I was very cautious to avoid being in any photo or communication with Miss Israel (that tried several times to have a photo with me). I was having a photo with Miss Japan, Miss Slovenia and myself; suddenly Miss Israel jumped in, took a selfie, and put it on her social media. This is what happened and I hope to have your full support in the Miss Universe contest."
Miss Isreal, Doron Matalon responded to the cropping and apology thus;
"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"
Maybe Miss Isreal's heart was in the right place, but surely there's a time for everything. Do you think she went about fostering friendship with Miss Lebanon the right way?