Israel postponed a debate on a law that would allow the state to seize church lands sold to private developers.
Under the pressure of church leaders, the Israeli government froze a debate on the controversial law on Sunday. Israeli churches have blocked legislation several times, arguing that this could allow Israel to expropriate valuable properties.
Law sponsor, lawyer Rachel Azaria, says church leaders misinterpreted the bill. She says she is trying to protect thousands of residents who live in buildings built on chartered countries.
Azaria says residents could face a sharp increase in prices or even cut off from private developers when their leases expire in the coming decades. Uncertainty has caused significant property values.
Azaria says he hopes to reach a settlement with churches in the coming weeks.