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It's fair to say that the world isn't in the best place at the moment when it comes to politics. Everywhere you look there's a whole lot of political, religious and racial tension.
But there are the occasional glimmers of hope, and a beautiful one just cropped up in the form of an Instagram post. The photo was taken in Japan at this year's Miss International Beauty Pageant.
Iraq and Israel do not hold any official diplomatic relations, but tensions between Israel and other Middle Eastern countries have long been strained.
In fact, Miss Lebanon - aka Amanda Hanna - was stripped of her title in August 2017 after it was learned that she visited Israel in 2016 on an academic trip.
And the year before, then-Miss Lebanon Sally Greige was threatened with losing her status after posting a selfie of several competitors on Instagram that featured Miss Israel.
Greige maintained her crown after she claiming that she did not intentionally pose alongside the Israeli contestant. So it's a pretty big deal that these two contestants decided to post this picture.
In her photo, Miss Israel, whose real name is Adar Gandelsman, wrote: "Get to know, this is Miss Iraq and she's amazing."
Miss Iraq - or Sarah Idan, as her parents named her - got even more political, writing: "Peace and love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel," to all her followers.
Both Miss Gandelsman and Miss Idan are slated to participate in the Miss Universe contest in Las Vegas later in November, if their actions don't have any adverse consequences.
And while the Instagram posts obviously ruffled a few feathers here and there, both have racked up more than 1,000 likes on the social media network.
So while peace in the Middle East might be a pipe dream, the actions of these two people just go to show that it's not impossible. Perhaps we should send these two to spread the message of unity rather than relying on politicians. You never know what could happen...
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