Jacob Walles

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Jacob Walles, also known as Jake, has been the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia since July 24, 2012. He is a career diplomat who spent much of his career addressing the Arab-Israeli conflict.[1]

On December 14, 2011, President Obama nominated Walles to be U.S. Ambassador to the Tunisian Republic.[2] Walles was sworn in as Ambassador to Tunisia by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on June 21, 2012, and he presented his credentials to Tunisian President Marzouki on July 24, 2012. He was the Ambassador in Tunis when the U.S. Embassy was attacked on September 14, 2012, in the wake of the Innocence of Muslims controversy.

From 2009 to 2010, we was the Cyrus Vance fellow for diplomatic studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. From June 2010 to April 2012, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs.

Walles was U.S. consul general and chief of mission in Jerusalem from July 2005 to August 2009.[3] In that capacity, Walles instructed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that the Hamas government was unacceptable. Walles's talking points said, "If you act along these lines, we'll support you both materially and politically".[4]

Walles also served in Greece and The Netherlands.[3]

He was born in Wilmington, Delaware. Walles is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.


  1. ^ "Jake Walles, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia". U.S. Mission to Tunisia. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts", White House Press Release. Jacob Walles – Ambassador to the Tunisian Republic, Department of State. 14 Dec. 2011. Retrieved 14 Dec. 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Jacob Walles biography (October 2009)" (PDF). Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Paul McGeough, Kill Khalid: Mossad’s Failed Hit…and the Rise of Hamas (Crows Nest, NSW, Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2009), p. 356.