The Israeli government has postponed discussions on legislation that would allow private developers to seize sold church land.
Under pressure from church leaders, the Israeli government stopped discussing controversial legislation Sunday. The Israeli church repeatedly blocked the bill, arguing that Israel could accept valuable property.
Lawmaker Rachel Azaria, a supporter of the bill, says church leaders misinterpreted the bill. She says she is trying to protect thousands of residents in buildings built on leased church land.
Azaria says residents may experience massive price hikes and evictions from private developers when landlords expire in the next few decades. Real estate prices plummeted due to uncertainty.
Azaria said she hoped to reach an agreement with the church over the next few weeks.