Israel postponed the discussion on a bill that would allow the state to take advantage of land churches that were sold to private developers.
Under pressure from church leaders, the Israeli government on Sunday froze the debate on the litigation project. The Israeli churches repeatedly blocked the legislation, claiming that it could allow Israel to expropriate valuable properties.
The law-sponsor, lawmaker Rachel Azaria, says church leaders misunderstood the bill. She says she is trying to protect thousands of residents living in buildings built on land leased.
Azaria says that neighbors could face massive price increases or even evictions from private developers when their leases expire in the next decades. The uncertainty caused the property values to fall sharply.
Azaria says she hopes to reach an agreement with the churches in the coming weeks.