Public Security Minister Avi Dichter said on Monday that the senior Hamas member allegedly kidnapped by the IDF last Friday could be useful in securing the release of Cpl. Gilad Schalit.
In an interview with Army Radio, Dichter said the detainee could serve as a bargaining chip for Schalit.
However, defense officials said earlier this week that while the man in question, Mohawah al-Qadi, could provide information on Schalit's kidnapping, they were doubtful he could offer any information that would assist in rescuing the soldier.
The officials also noted that Qadi's value as a bargaining chip was not especially high, as he was not a particularly high-ranking operative.