Israel has postponed a debate on a bill of law that could seize the state of church countries that were sold to private developers.
Under the pressure of church leaders, the Israeli government froze the debate on disputed proposals on Sunday. Israeli churches have repeatedly blocked legislation, arguing it could allow Israel to expropriate precious property.
The lawyer, lawmaker Rachel Azaria, says church leaders mistakenly interpreted the bill. She says she is trying to protect thousands of residents living in buildings built on leased church lands.
Azaria says residents could face huge price increases and even emigration from private developers when their rental expires in the coming decades. The uncertainty has caused a fall in property values.
Azaria says he hopes to reach church settlements in the coming weeks.