Next to the representative of Iraq at the Miss Universe contest, stands Miss Israel …

“Peace and love,” reads under the selfie. Yet since she posted it on the web, Sarah Idan has unleashed passions. Next to the representative of Iraq at the Miss Universe contest, stands Miss Israel, and it has not always had the expected effect. The shot has harvested in a week over 3,600 like but it also triggered an avalanche of negative comments.

Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel ❤️❤️?? #missuniverse

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Faced with the outcry, Sarah Idan, 27, whose country does not recognize the Jewish state and is still technically in a state of war with him, has published an explanatory text in Arabic.

“This picture does not mean that I support the Israeli government”

She says that Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, told him that she hoped there would one day be peace between the two religions (Jewish and Muslim) and that her children would not be obliged to do military service. the Hebrew State for both men and women. “She asked me to take a picture and I agreed that I too was hoping for peace and wanted to help spread the word,” she says.

“This photo does not mean that I support the Israeli government or its policy towards the Arab countries. I apologize to all those who saw it as an insult to the Palestinian cause. ” “Your peace with Israel, which torched the Arab world for its own sake, does not honor us,” Israel al-Jabri replies. “I respect the pacifist Jews who oppose the state of Israel, but we do not want their peace built on the ruins of our country.”

In contrast, Samah al-Mechhadani salutes Miss Iraq. “Maybe she will succeed in improving our relationship with Israel so that we become friends, who knows? “Says the user.

“This is Miss Iraq and she’s great”

Muslim, Sarah was born in Baghdad. After graduating, she worked from 2008 with the US Army that invaded Iraq in 2003. She also said she had served in the Iraqi army. The young woman then emigrated to the United States where she obtained a vocalization diploma in Los Angeles. Adar Gandelsman, 19, also posted a snapshot with her Iraqi competitor on Instagram and wrote a commentary: “This is Miss Iraq and she’s great.”

A selfie with another Miss Israel had already caused a scandal at Miss Universe 2014, this time with the representative of Lebanon. An Indian woman was crowned Miss World on Saturday in the Chinese seaside resort of Sanyane.