"Yep. I lived there for a year, saw the same things you did -
teenagers escorting school groups of gradeschool children with m1 carbines
nightclub guards with m1 carbines
bellhops and hotel staff with sidearms under their uniform…"
"Things in Israel are very weird. I saw guns everywhere, including on civilians. Every day. I went to the grocery store and, on my way in, they asked to check my bag for guns. When they saw I had none, they gave me a popsicle. It's not that guns…"
"I don't know what l'Hexagone refers to.
I think it's perfectly fine for a country to have that kind of talk as long as it's done peacefully. Better that than to wind up with bloody Balkanization or violent separatism…"