Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly working to scrap a proposed bill to legalize the construction of Jewish settlements across the occupied West Bank.
The bill has already passed its first reading the Knesset, but Netanyahu has no intention of allowing it to advance any further, according to Haaretz.
For now, the bill will be frozen and Netanyahu does not intend to set a date for a vote, sources close to the prime minister told Haaretz.
Netanyahu opposed the law from the beginning because of the implications on Israel’s diplomatic standing in the world, but voted in favor of the law later.
After passing its first reading, the bill is now stuck in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, which would have to approve the bill before it could return to the Knesset plenum for its second and third readings. So far, all the votes in the committee on the proposed law have been put off.