Israel has postponed a bill that allows the state to seize the territory of the church sold to private developers.
Under pressure from church leaders, the Israeli government froze controversy over Sunday's controversial bill. Israel's churches consistently prevented the law, claiming that Israel could allow it to seize valuable estates.
Invoice sponsor, deputy Rachel Azaria, said the church leaders misinterpreted the bill. He says he was trying to protect thousands of people living in buildings built on rented church lands.
Azaria says residents may face huge price increases or even evacuation of private developers over the past decade when the lease term expires. Uncertainty led to a fall in property values.
Azaria said she hopes to reach an agreement with the churches in the coming weeks.