It was Ben Gurion who initiated the IDF after he and his friends in Mapai disestablished the Hagana, and, by the way, disbanded the Palmach. They were Secular Socialist Zionists. I guess those Zionist forefathers failed, somehow, pass along the same values to their younguns. So . . . the National Religious folks, long scorned and regarded as lacking the stuff to keep the State together have proven the Secular Zionist mantra what it is--just a slogan to stay in power. And, for some reason, they even lack the power they used to have to keep themselves going.
Jordan foreign minister says to speak with Kerry on Israel-Palestinian conflict (Reuters)
from the article: Sharp rise in number of religious IDF officers