Earlier this month, Ynet published an interview with former Israeli Sephardic Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu in which his position on the disengagement was paraphrased thusly:
In a surprising interview with ultra-Orthodox daily "Mishpacha" (family), the spiritual leader of the national-religious world, and one of its most strident opponents of the disengagement plan, said Gush Katif residents should leave their homes quietly and called on IDF soldiers not to refuse orders to evacuate settlements.
Throughout that article, Ynet mixed direct quotes (none of which, as it turns out, actually addressed the refusal of orders) with its own conclusions (which did), most notably here:
The rabbi also called on Orthodox soldiers not to refuse orders to evacuate settlements, saying they must remove residents "with broken hearts and tears in your eyes," instead of allowing "all sorts of wicked people" to drag settlers out of their homes with glee.
"We must not allow a situation of Jews fighting Jews," he repeated.
Rabbi Eliyahu's apparent "change of heart" created quite an unhappy stir in the anti-disengagement camp. Then, last week, he clarified his position (or did he?) in a new interview published at Arutz Sheva and summarized (again) at Ynet.
Q. Is it permitted to actively help in the expulsion?
A. It is absolutely forbidden.
Q. A career officer or policeman - must he resign?
A. ...They need not resign in fear that the expulsion may happen. They must inform their commanders that they cannot carry out these orders, and ask to be excused from training exercises related to the disengagement.
Q. A reserves soldier who is called up to the army and whose service helps the disengagement directly or indirectly - must he ask to be released from this reserve duty?
A. ...Yes, certainly, he must ask for such a release and not help directly or indirectly.
Q. What happens if he is not released and is threatened with imprisonment?
A. We said above that the Torah prohibits us from taking part in this act. Therefore, a soldier must tell his commander, "I am not refusing orders, but I cannot fulfill this order."... [and if he ends up sitting in jail for this, it will be considered a merit for him, and 'he is fortunate that he was caught because of something the Torah commanded him.']
Q. If so, what did [you] mean in [your] ruling not to refuse orders?
A. We do not want to dismantle the army that protects the residents and the citizens, and therefore we are against refusal in principle. The soldier must say, "I can't." If they force him to do this forbidden act, he should enter the family's house, sit on the floor, cry with them, and be saved from the prohibition in a passive manner.
Clarification or concession to pressure? Hard to tell.