Wednesday , January 20 2021

Israel postpones the decision on the bill of churches

Israel has postponed the debate on a bill that would allow the state to occupy ecclesiastical land sold to private manufacturers.

Under the pressure of ecclesiastical leaders, the Israeli government, on Sunday, froze the debate over the controversial bill. Israel's churches have repeatedly ruled out legislation, arguing that it could allow Israel to expropriate precious real estate.

The supporter of the bill, lawmaker Rachel Azaria, says church leaders have misinterpreted the bill. He says he is trying to protect thousands of residents living in buildings housed in leased ecclesiastical lands.

Azaria says residents could face huge price rises or even eviction from private developers when their leases expire in the next few decades. Uncertainty has caused the decline in property values.

Azaria says she hopes to reach a quarter of churches in the coming weeks.

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