GENEVA: United States and Israeli envoys refused to attend a United Nations Human Rights Council special session on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) on the situation in the Palestinian territories in the aftermath of the 2014 Gaza conflict. The US decision will disappoint those who hoped the recent disagreement between the allies over Iran policy and the Middle East peace process would see Washington withhold diplomatic cover from Israel. “As was the case last year, the United States will not engage in the debate. Neither will Israel. Instead, we will call a vote, and vote ‘no’ on Item 7 resolutions,” said the US ambassador to the council, Keith Harper.