While going through some of the NS-era legal papers on international law, I noticed the common theme of the
Jew. The theme is mentioned by both the non-racial
("large spaces" of political influence analogous to the Monroe Doctrine promulgated by the United States in the 19th-century) thinkers like Schmitt, as well as the racial and
thinkers like Werner Daitz:
Only the Jew forms an exception. Different from all other peoples of the earth, the Jew does not own - and does not want to own - his own living space. The biological law within him only permits him to live as a parasite in the living spaces of other peoples. He thrives all the more in them as they become vitally weak or enter into rot either through him or due to any other reason. It is for this reason that the Jew is linked with every kind of imperialism, which is indeed always directed towards the decomposition of natural orders of life; the Jew is interested in imperialism, is its most loyal companion and advocate and encourages it wherever he can.
- Werner Daitz, "Echte und unechte Großräume", 1941
Jews are still promoting the imperialism of their host countries, but for the ultimate goal of preserving Israel, a fixed, eternally Jewish and spatial habitat. Does the existence of Israel overturn these old arguments? Does its existence represent a fundamental change in the Jewish cultural character?