AMONG THE RECENT Wikileaks exposures are conversations that the head of Egyptian intelligence, General Omar Suleiman, held with American diplomats, in which he informs them that Iran had been transferring some $25 million to the Hamas government in Gaza every month. According to Suleiman, the Egyptians have been able to prevent the money from going through Egypt, but it seems that Iran has found other ways to get the money to Hamas.The fact that Iran is using every possible way to strengthen and transfer monies and weapons to Hamas needs explaining.From a religious point of view, Hamas is an extension of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Many of the heads of the movement were professionally trained in Egypt, where they became members and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, a Sunni organization which for years has formed the strongest opposition to the Egyptian government. Even before Hamas was established in 1987, activists from the Muslim Brotherhood in the Gaza Strip were involved in all aspects of social life – demanding that women wear appropriately modest traditional dress, hounding alcohol merchants, attacking night clubs, disrupting weddings and other social events where bellydancing was taking place, tearing down pornographic advertisements, removing drug dealers from the streets, destroying gambling casinos and billiard halls – and all the while encouraging the public to engage in religious studies and opening up kindergartens, clinics, sports clubs, educational enrichment groups, and welfare agencies. The Muslim Brothers in Gaza were able to accomplish this thanks to contributions that came from all over the Arab world, especially from Sunnis.