According to Defense Ministry Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs Amos Gilad, Hezbollah has accumulated 45,000 missiles that pose a threat to Israel. Iran and Syria supplied the missiles to the group using ships, planes and trains. Lebanon's leaders are unaware of these developments, creating a vacuum that has given rise to a new, independent entity that Gilad dubbed "Hezbollahstan." The entity smuggles weapons without need for permission from the Lebanese tax authorities. Gilad also accused the regime in Tehran of intending to use nuclear strategy not only against the Jewish, but also against Arab regimes and the Gulf nations. Gilad expressed confidence in the protesters in Syria, saying that they will eventually compel President Bashar Assad to stop the violence and implement reform.