Founded in 1987, the Hamas charter says that it is “one of the wings of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine.” Additionally, soon after Hamas took over the Gaza strip, Muslim Brotherhood representatives traveled to Gaza from Egypt through the newly-opened border to review Hamas military formations. A Hamas journalist has acknowledged the role that the “international Muslim Brotherhood” has played in providing funds for the purchase of weapons and Hamas is known to be supported financially and politically by the Global Muslim Brotherhood. Following a period of seeming ascension related to the period of Egyptian rule by the Muslim Brotherhood, the organization was forced to find other state sponsors after Mohamed Morsi was deposed as President. According to information presented at a September 2014 Joint Hearing of the US House of Representatives, Turkey has been harboring several of Hamas’s top operatives and also provides financial, material, and political support for the organization. Israeli media has reported that according to intelligence information, from the early 2000s until 2018, Hamas controlled some 40 commercial companies in various Middle Eastern countries.