Rabbi Ahron Trop, head of the Bnei Tzvi Yeshiva in Beit El, described by Ynet as a "rising force" among West bank rabbis, has called for a mass refusal of orders in the wake of the Annapolis Conference. Rabbi Trop wants all Religious Zionist youth now serving or soon to be drafted to sign on to the refusal.
As bad as that is, Rabbi Trop says and believes far worse:
Under the headline "Enough of Protests!" Rabbi Trop sets out against demonstrations, which he says are used as weapons against democratic regimes, but which are not useful against a cynical corrupt government and a hostile press.
In addition, he says protests cause harm, since they "release steam and calm the participants" – a clear interest of the government. "The money, efforts, energies, and rest of the resources should be channeled to useful aims," he declared.
Rabbi Trop goes on to state the evacuation of any parts of the West Bank is a violation of Jewish law must not be carried out or helped even if the majority supports it.
Rabbi Trop then calls for "serious preparation" for "struggle on the ground."
What could that struggle be? After all, Rabbi Trop is opposed to demonstrations and normal means of effecting change in a democracy.
The rabbi's call can and should be understood as a call to arms, and invitation to violence against government institutions and leaders, and a call to civil war.
This man should be arrested and tried for incitement and treason. He is calling for civil war, and no democratic government can or should allow such behavior.
Rabbi Trop's philosophy is a natural outgrowth of Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook's philosophy. Rabbi kook is, I believe, the man most responsible for destroying moderate Orthodoxy in Israel and pushing tens of thousands of Israelis away from Judaism.