Lebanese Journalist Heba Bitar wrote in Arabic that she loves Saab, but wondered "Why does it mean so much that an Israeli actress wore a dress from him?"
Despite being erased, the Lebanese Twitter-sphere didn't forget the photo's brief existence and users continued to criticize the designer for his public praise of Gadot.
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins presented Gadot with the award, noting that Gal didn't take the role for the money or the fame.
Hailing from Elie Saab's spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection, this simple gown features an asymmetric neckline, cut-out waist and flattering thigh-high slit.
Gal Gadot just dissolved all of our January blues in an instant! The Israeli actress wore a blue Elie Saab gown to the National Board of Review Awards in NY on Tuesday, looking "flawless". "It's about, first of all, equality, and it's about freedom of choice and I think that in this world we should all be feminists and whoever is not is a sexist", explained Gadot.
The best thing about this look? Click (right) to head straight to Luisa Via Roma and rest assured you will be the main attraction at your next event. With a range of options from the likes of Forever Unique and Lanvin, there's something to suit every budget. So although this is progress, there is still a long way to go.
Last year, Gadot's superhero film was banned from Lebanese cinemas. Lebanon also bans its citizens from entering Israel.
She has trained for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and supported its invasion during the 2014 Gaza War - an onslaught that took the lives of more than 2,100 Palestinians.
In her speech she noted that there are "very few female-led movies and even fewer female directors", but in 2017 that changed.