The opposition Labor party released a statement on Monday morning criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement that over 1,000 new houses would be build in east Jerusalem. "By making the building announcement, Netanyahu is creating a conflict with the world to prevent a discussion on his failures in the social-economic arenas.""It is a shame that Netanyahu's appetite of late for building has not reached the area inside the green line where thousands of couples are waiting for solutions for the high cost of living," the statement read. The statement also warned the centrist elements in the existing government that the government was controlled by the right-wing Finance Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi). "We hope that Livni [Justice Minister Tzipi Livni] and Lapid [Finance Minister Yair Lapid] understand now that this government is controlled by Bennett and his friends and the chance of a peace process are zero."