The president’s son-in-law and secret strategist Jared Kushner is largely responsible for the targeted killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, said a White House insider whose account of the slaying directly contradicts what scarce details the DoD has released to the public.
On January 2, a Predator UAV launched two hellfire missiles at Soleimani’s convoy shortly after he had arrived at Baghdad airport. He, along with other Iran-backed militia figures, was killed in the strike ordered by President Trump, who later said—without providing evidence—that the general was “directly and indirectly responsible for killing millions of people” and had been developing plans to attack U.S. diplomats and servicemen in Iraq and throughout the region.
Our source, however, claims Trump had been unaware of the enigmatic general’s existence until a Thursday afternoon meeting with Kushner, who insisted that Soleimani was preparing to activate “sleeper cells” to carry out acts of mass destruction in both the U.S. and the U.K. The cells, Kushner said, had chemical and biological weapons, and may have had access to dirty bombs.
When Trump demanded evidence, Kushner purportedly said, “My word is evidence enough. Have I ever steered you wrong? We must act at once against this villain who threatens the fabric of democracy and the very existence of Israel.”
The veracity of Kushner’s “evidence” is suspect. Two days prior, he had met clandestinely with his Israeli handlers, Eli Cohon, a member of the State-Security Cabinet and an outspoken proponent of Iranian regime change, and Meir Ben-Shabat, a tenured officer in Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency who had an instrumental role in convincing Trump to relocate the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to the hotly contested Holy City of Jerusalem.
Both Cohon and Ben-Shabat had often expressed animosity toward Soleimani, and in April 2019 they tried without success to convince Netanyahu to launch an airstrike against his private villa in northern Iran. Later that year, they circumvented the chain-of-command by surreptitiously approaching Yael Elshiva, an IDF general, with a plan to eliminate Soleimani while he vacationed at Korek Mountain Resort & Spa in northern Iraq. Although plans were drawn to conduct the assassination, the operation was scrubbed minutes before Israeli commandos were scheduled to airdrop on the resort. Why Cohon and Ben-Shabat scuttled the mission is still a mystery, and it is equally mysterious why, six months later, they enlisted Kushner to help do their bidding.
Sources familiar with Kushner’s daily movements said he and the Israeli duo were by no means strangers when they met on December 21 at the Lafayette, an upscale D.C. restaurant, to discuss removing Soleimani from the geopolitical spectrum. They feasted on Maine lobster whilst deliberating on ways to convince Trump that Soleimani posed a grave and immediate threat to American interests at home and abroad. They spoke in hushed tones, and scribbled notes on napkins that were passed back and forth across the table. The Israelis told Kushner that Soleimani had mustered Popular Mobilization units, an umbrella group in Iraq dominated by groups aligned with Iran, to attack U.S. interests and devise plans to assassinate American politicians, including Trump. They provided Kushner with Soleimani’s itinerary and said drone-striking him in Iraq would be safer than bombing him on Iranian soil. Armed with this information, Kushner trotted to the Oval Office and encouraged Trump to greenlight the attack.
For over a year, the duplicitous Kushner has been a focal point in Trump’s plan to bring peace to the Middle East. He has held meetings with Netanyahu and Blue and White Party leader Bernie Gantz, urging them to form a unity government to strengthen Israel’s position as a global powerhouse. His public speeches, however, shroud the truth of what conversations have actually occurred between him and his Israeli friends—that peace in the Middle East means U.S. enforced regime change in Iran, Syria, and Yemen, with the U.S. and Israel installing puppet leaders sympathetic to western ideology. An act that would essentially grant Israel omnipotent control of the region.
If all information is accurate, the U.S. may see war with Iran by year’s end; historically, war has been a formidable device that presidents have used to unify the citizenry and boost approval ratings—at least in the short run. In American political jargon, an October surprise is a news event deliberately created or timed or sometimes occurring spontaneously to influence the outcome of an election, particularly one for the U.S. presidency. There is no greater an October Surprise than war.