(JTA) — Miss Israel, Yityish Aynaw, could not get a visa on time to attend a Friends of the Israel Defense Forces event in New York.

“We had just three days to issue a visa,” an organizer for last week’s event was quoted by the Israeli news website Ynet as saying. “Bureaucratically, it was impossible.”

Aynaw, Israel’s first beauty queen of Ethiopian Jewish descent, is scheduled to meet with President Obama when he travels to Israel this week.

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