Jacob Walles

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Person.png Jacob Walles  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Wilmington Delaware USA
Alma materWesleyan University, Johns Hopkins University
US Diplomat specialising in the Arab-Israeli conflict and Middle-Eastern affairs

Employment.png United States Ambassador to Tunisia Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
July 24, 2012 - September 2, 2015

Employment.png United States Consul General in Jerusalem

In office
July 20, 2005 - September 6, 2009

Jacob Walles has been the US Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia since 24 July 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. 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".[3]

Difficult relationship with Tunisian President

On 21 February 2015, Toubainfo TV treprted that Walles had been "expelled from the Presidential palace" by President Beji Caid Essebsi over his asking for new US military basing facilities. [4]


  1. "Jake Walles, US Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia". U.S. Mission to Tunisia. Retrieved 23 July 2014.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  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. Paul McGeough, Kill Khalid: Mossad’s Failed Hit…and the Rise of Hamas (Crows Nest, NSW, Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2009), p. 356.
  4. US ambassador expelled from the presidential palace 20/02/2015 - Toubainfotv 21 February 2015

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