Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said on Tuesday that Hezbollah apparently does not possess Yakhont anti-ship cruise missiles, contradicting recent media reports.
During a tour of the Israel Defense Forces Central Command, Ya'alon was asked by Israel Hayom about recent reports that Hezbollah had already smuggled some components of the advanced Yakhont system into Lebanon from Syria.
"As far as we know, Hezbollah does not have any missiles of this type," Ya'alon said.
Ya'alon also discussed the ongoing peace negotiations with the Palestinians, saying Israel was attempting to reach a framework for the continuation of talks past the allotted nine-month window.
"We are not working on a framework deal, but rather a framework for the continuation of negotiations over a more prolonged period," Ya'alon said.
"There are large gaps," Ya'alon said. "They are not new, but it is definitely in the interest of all of us to continue negotiations. We must continue to work to stabilize the relationship between us and the Palestinians."
Ya'alon said Israel's situational assessment is that the Palestinian side, including its leadership, is not interested in a third intifada.
"This is different than in 2000, when the Palestinian leadership led the terror war," Ya'alon said. "Now, we don't see such an interest, but there are other elements. The Palestinian media and Palestinian rhetoric are certainly ultimately inciting individuals to launch attacks."