PHOTOS: Israel Shuts Border to All Except World’s Most Beautiful Women

Contestants of the Miss Universe pageant take a selfie during a visit to the Tower of David Museum in the ancient citadel of Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, on November 30, 2021. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images)
Menahem Kahana / AFP / Getty

Israel shut its borders this week to all foreign passport holders — except the contestants in the Miss Universe pageant, to be held in the Red Sea resort city of Eilat later this month.

The border closure was the most aggressive measure taken by any country in response to the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus being identified in South Africa. But the global profile of the Miss Universe pageant prompted Israeli officials to decide that the show — with precautions — must go on.

The contest will include the traditional swimwear and evening gown competitions, and the final will be hosted live by Steve Harvey at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, December 14. Meanwhile, the competitors are taking in Israel’s tourist and hoy sites:

 

 

Miss Universe airport (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP / Getty)

Miss universe contestants arrive to Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport in Lod, east of Tel Aviv, on November 28, 2021. – Israel is to close its borders to all foreigners on November 28, 2021 in a bid to stem the spread of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, authorities said. The government’s latest announcement came just hours before the start at sundown of the eight-day-long Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. (Photo by Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Miss Colombia (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP / Getty)

Miss universe contestants arrive to Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport in Lod, east of Tel Aviv, on November 28, 2021. – Israel is to close its borders to all foreigners on November 28, 2021 in a bid to stem the spread of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, authorities said. The government’s latest announcement came just hours before the start at sundown of the eight-day-long Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. (Photo by Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Israel Miss Universe Andrea Meza (Maya Alleruzzo / Associated Press)

Andrea Meza, the reigning Miss Universe from Mexico, poses in front of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre as she tours the Old City of Jerusalem, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, ahead of the 70th Miss Universe pageant being staged in the southern Israeli resort city of Eilat next month. She said Wednesday that the long-running beauty pageant shouldn’t be politicized, even as its next edition is being held in Israel and contestants have faced pressure to drop out in solidarity with the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Miss Universe Tower of David (Menahem Kahana / Getty)

Contestants of the Miss Universe pageant visit the Tower of David Museum in the ancient citadel of Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City, on November 30, 2021. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images)

Western Wall Miss Universe (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP / Getty)

Miss Italy places a note at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City on December 1, 2021 as contestants of the Miss Universe pageant tour the Holy City ahead of the 70th Miss Universe event to be held in Israel’s Red Sea resort of Eilat on December 12. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Miss Universe Church Sepulchre (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP / Getty)

Two Miss Universe pageant contestants pose at the Holy Sepulchre church in Jerusalem’s Old City on December 1, 2021 during a tour of the Holy City ahead of the 70th Miss Universe event to be held in Israel’s Red Sea resort of Eilat on December 12. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Miss Universe candle lighting (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP / Getty)

Contestants of the Miss Universe pageant visit the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City on December 1, 2021 as they tour the Holy City ahead of the 70th Miss Universe event to be held in Israel’s Red Sea resort of Eilat on December 12. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Miss Armenia (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP / Getty)

Miss Armenia lights candles at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City on December 1, 2021 as contestants of the Miss Universe pageant tour the Holy City ahead of the 70th Miss Universe event to be held in Israel’s Red Sea resort of Eilat on December 12. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Santa Claus Miss Universe (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP / Getty)

Miss Nepal poses with a Santa Klaus during a visit by the contestants of the Miss Universe pageant to Jerusalem’s Old City on December 1, 2021 as part of their tour of the Holy City ahead of the 70th Miss Universe event to be held in Israel’s Red Sea resort of Eilat on December 12. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite travel restrictions, Breitbart News will have full coverage in Eilat, thanks to the presence of our Israel bureau.

Strict coronavirus protocols will be observed, with participants tested every 48 hours. As Breitbart News reported earlier this week, one unnamed contestant has tested positive and has been quarantined, though she may recover in time to compete.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the new e-book, The Zionist Conspiracy (and how to join it). His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

.

Please let us know if you're having issues with commenting.