The Zionist movement was not religious when it was founded, and Israel is one of the very few state in the world that has no official religion. A majority of Israeli citizens are agnostics or atheists.
When Herzl founded the Zionist movement, he did not this because G.d ordered him to do so, but because of the Dreyfus affair. France was then considered to be the most tolerant and philosemitic nation in the world, and yet this affair revealed that even in Paris, anti-semitic feelings were still very deep, very strong.
Herzl, who was a journalist in Paris, realized then that integration (= French model) may not have been the best way to protect the Jews, and sadly, history proved he was (at least partly) correct.
Anyway. The vast bulk of the Jews that choose to settle in Israel did not so for religious reasons, but because they had no other choice left if they wanted to survive.
So now we could ask, why Anentropic IxTx thought Israel was a religious state, a kind of theocracy (rather than the liberal democracy it really is)?
1) Maybe he was fooled by the medias, that always focus on the religious settlers in Cisjordania (Those extremists makes only 1.2% of the Israeli population, and the majority of the Israeli citizens despise them).
2) Maybe he was fooled by Arab propaganda, because for the Arabs and muslims as a whole, it's true the conflict is religious, and only religious.
But for Israel, it's rather a question of political survival, it has nothing to do with religion.