Gal Gadot was a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces for two years. Gadot was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2018 and has appeared twice in annual lists of the world’s highest-paid actresses. Death on the Nile was recently banned in two Middle Eastern countries due to Gal Gadot’s Israeli military service.

Due to her ties to the Israel Defense Forces, Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s new Hollywood film will reportedly not be shown in Lebanon or Kuwait. According to Deadline, “Death on the Nile” was released in the rest of the Middle East over the weekend.

Gadot served in the Israeli armed forces for two years before entering show business, as is required of all young Israelis.  It’s not the first time the former Miss Israel’s nationality has sparked debate, as tensions between the two warring nations remain high. Her “Wonder Woman” films were also halted in Lebanon due to her IDF ties.

The ban was imposed in accordance with a law that forbids Lebanese citizens from traveling to Israel or having contact with Israelis. According to The Daily Mail, which cited the Arabic language newspaper Al-Qabas, Kuwait banned “Death on the Nile” following a barrage of social media protests.


Gadot’s message of Israeli unity on Twitter last year, in the midst of rocket attacks in the West Bank, sparked a backlash from online critics who accused her of being a “propaganda” tool for the Israeli military. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.

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Shivangini Rawat

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