A well cannot be filled by rainwater alone. And to fulfill the demands of social justice, the money that can be collected from the very rich will not suffice, even if their tax burden is increased.
Israel Harel is a regular columnist for Haaretz. He is the founder of the Institute for Religious Zionism at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, which he headed until 1995.
Harel began working as a journalist in the 1960s, as a young contributor to the Eretz Yisrael Movement's newspaper, This is The Land.
He went on to serve as managing editor of the Hayom daily and in 1972 became the assistant editor for the weekend edition of Ma'ariv, at the time the most widely read newspaper in Israel. In addition to that position, Harel also worked as an investigative reporter on Israeli corruption.
In 1991, Harel was asked by Haaretz to contribute an occasional column and to write as a guest journalist. When Chanoch Marmori took over as editor-in-chief, Harel's column became weekly, and it has appeared every Thursday since.
The young people of Migron are modest, pleasant people, who make do with little, fulfill their obligations to the state and the nation, and have not approached the government to make demands.
Even if a reform in housing prices were to take place, the 'system' will remain; most of the "responsible adults" pulling the strings seek an overturn of power, but not of the system, of which they are the main benefactors.
A ruling earlier this week in the case of Mustafa Dirani shows why there are increasing calls for reforming the way Supreme Court justices are chosen.
It is not MKs David Rotem, Zeev Elkin, Yariv Levin and company who are responsible for passing laws that are superfluous in a normal, responsible democracy. Most of the blame lies with those who are systematically, continuously, eroding the moral underpinnings of the Jewish state.
Although much of what ex-Mossad chief Meir Dagan said was correct, his statements have led many to question his judgment and motives.
Netanyahu defiantly told Obama there will be no construction freeze in Jerusalem, but on the ground the halt is almost total.
Netanyahu's opponents, who prayed that U.S. President Barack Obama would bring him to his knees, are full of frustration at his having succeeded in winning the heart of Congress and moderating the pressure from the White House.
The American aid, Netanyahu should stress in his Washington speech, is financing one of the most evil and strategically sophisticated plots of our times: cultivating entire generations, millions of people, with one primary goal - destroying the Jewish state.
Obama might be able to promote a Palestinian state, but he cannot promise that it will respect civil liberties.