Jacob Walles is a U.S. diplomat who spent much of his career addressing the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
On December 14, 2011, President Obama nominated Walles to be Ambassador to the Tunisian Republic. 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.
From 2009-2010, 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. 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."
Walles also served in Greece and The Netherlands. 
- 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.
- Paul McGeough, Kill Khalid: Mossad’s Failed Hit…and the Rise of Hamas (Crows Nest, NSW, Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2009), page 356.
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