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Controversy over Miss Universe photo resounds from Middle East to South Florida

Days after a selfie that caught smiling Miss Universe contestants from Israel and Lebanon posing together was posted on Instagram, fallout from the photo flap has spread from the Middle East to South Florida.

The picture was posted on the account of Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, touching off a firestorm of controversy for Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, according to the Beirut-based Daily Star.

Lebanon and Israel are sworn enemies, and Lebanon prohibits contact between the countries.

On Monday, officials with the Donald Trump-owned beauty pageant issued a statement decrying the controversy.

"It is unfortunate to know a photo of four smiling women from different parts...