It's also not uncommon to see armed Israeli soldiers standing guard outside of buildings that house Israeli diplomats (even when other countries do not), as Israel itself has many enemies. This quality makes them an ever present feature of global diplomacy hubs such as Switzerland and Washington D.C., where many Israeli attaches attend political conferences with other world leaders. By and large, the Israeli military is just a national defense force. But underneath it has many unique facets that make it a powerful symbol of the nation of Israel.
Code of Conduct. http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/israel/index.html
One of many examples of military clashes in the west bank. http://www.scpr.org/news/2010/03/26/2-israeli-soldiers-1-palestinian-killed-gaza/
Dual Citizenship Law. http://www.enotes.com/everyday-law-encyclopedia/dual-citizenship
Gays in the Israeli Military: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yermi-brenner/video-gays-in-the-israeli_b_602135.html
Israel Defense Force on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Defense_Forces