Even though the prohibition against building during a festival's intermediate days was lifted by the chief rabbinate, settlers still can't build because their Palestinian laborers can't enter Israeli-controlled areas until Sukkot ends.
The new problem: Prohibition to build during the holiday
Akiva Novick • Yediot Achranot, 9-27-2010 [p. 4]
Translation: Didi Remez • Coteret.com
The freeze order expired yesterday, but the settlers who wish to resume construction in Judea and Samaria now face completely different obstacles.
The main problem is the closure that has been imposed on the Palestinian cities and villages until the end of the Sukkot holiday. As a result, most of the construction sites will remain inactive until October 3, when the Palestinian contractors and builders—who are responsible in practice for most of the construction in the area—are able to return to work.
The second problem is a problem of Jewish law: On the intermediate days of the holiday, it is customary to do little work, unless it is to “avert a loss”—meaning work that cannot be deferred until after the holiday. In order to solve this problem, MK Danny Danon turned over a month ago to Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar and requested that he issue a religious ruling permitting construction during the intermediate days of the holiday.
Rabbi Amar wrote the following: “It is a commandment to build on the 18th of Tishrei As we know, the commandment of settling the land enables one to tell a Gentile on the Sabbath to write a bill of ownership, and therefore, from a Halachic standpoint, it is permissible and even required to build new houses in Judea and Samaria, on the intermediate days of the holiday as well.”
However, despite the religious dispensation, many of the land owners are expected nevertheless to wait for the end of the holiday, and not to depend on the ruling.
Another obstacle that faces the settlers is a lack of manpower: Last night, contractors waiting for the resumption of construction estimated that no more than several dozen houses could be built in simultaneously. This is due to a shortage of suitable manpower for a higher number of construction starts.