The Week in Review: June 28th – July 5th

July 5 – The Islamic Republic in Iran threatened to launch an “obliterating war” on Israel, if it invaded Lebanon amid ongoing fighting between the two states.

The warning followed threats by former Israeli war cabinet member Benny Gantz to “plunge Lebanon completely into the dark” and fully dismantle Hezbollah, an armed group backed by Iran, in the region.

Diplomatic efforts by the US to prevent a full scale war in the area following increased tensions between the Islamic Republic and Israel, are now underway.

Iran held its election run-off on Friday, as the two remaining candidates went head to head to win the presidential race.

Masoud Pezeshkian, who was endorsed by the Guardian Council as a  reformist candidate, is seen by some Middle East experts as a Khamenei loyalist and unlikely to make any radical changes.

Saeed Jalili, the second candidate, served as deputy foreign minister under former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and is known for his anti-western views.

And the UK’s Labour Party has promised to launch a 100 day security review which would include looking at security threats posed by the Islamic Republic, if the party comes to power following Thursday’s general election in Britain.

Labour Party head Kier Starmer pledged to make national security a key part of Labour’s manifesto and said he would enact additional legislation to protect Britons from hostile states.

Starmer said the foundation of good government was “economic security, border security, and national security” during a speech on Monday.

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