That made me think.
agreement Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion had made with the Chazon Ish, Rabbi Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz. My feeling about it has always been that Ben-Gurion did not want chareidim in the IDF because he didn't want a religious army. Maybe Ben-Gurion's acquiescences to the Chazon Ish and Rabbi Goren was for a different reason, and I'm not referring to the one mentioned on Israel Matzav:
As many of you know (because some of you have even met me there), I attend a weekly Torah class in Jerusalem. The rabbi who gives the class once told us that he met a man who knew someone who had asked David Ben Gurion why he allowed a religious education system to be created in the new state at all. Ben Gurion responded that he figured that within a generation, all attachment to traditional Judaism would die out anyway, so why fight with them. On this, as on many other matters, Ben Gurion was clearly wrong.
Ben-Gurion certainly wasn't nice to the Revisionists, Jabotinsky, Menachem Begin, those who had fought for Israel's independence with the Etzel and Lechi. He had even sent the Palmach to shoot at the Jews on the Altalena, a horrendous act for sure.
Could Ben-Gurion's agreement to defer/exempt hareidim, studying full-time in yeshivot from the IDF have been to get the political support and loyalty of the chareidi leadership? Ben-Gurion would do anything to make sure that Menachem Begin's Herut Party would stay out of power.
Well, what do you think?