Israel has postponed the debate on a draft law that would allow the state to capture private land sold by private developers.
Under the pressure of Church leaders, the Israeli government on Sunday froze the debate on controversial calculations. Israeli churches have repeatedly prevented legislation, claiming that they could allow Israel to flee valuable features.
Bill's sponsor, legislator Rachel Azaria, reports that Church leaders have misunderstood the bill. He says he is trying to protect thousands of people who live in real estate built for the hired churches.
Azaria says residents can face big price increases or even eviction from private developers when their lease ends in the coming decades. Uncertainty has caused a fall in real estate values.
Azaria says that he hopes to come to terms with the parishes in the coming weeks.