It is abundantly clear Egypt is approaching its relationship with Israel differently today than it did for most of Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure as prime minister.

Then-president Hosni Mubarak met Netanyahu publicly in 2011, but his successor, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, was only willing to meet openly with Israel’s leader on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly and reportedly in secret in 2018.

Sissi’s approach to the Naftali Bennett-Yair Lapid government is markedly different. He hosted Bennett in September, and Lapid on Thursday. The president’s office put out an official statement and the visit received full media coverage in Egypt, which could not happen without regime approval.