According to a report published by the American newspaper Politico, President Joe Biden’s decision to provide aid to the Gazans by air says a lot about his tense relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his extremely weak influence on Israeli decision-makers.

When the United States sends military planes to drop food, water, medicine, and other aid to those in need, it usually does so in areas controlled by terrorist groups or hostile regimes, not close allies like Israel.

However, nearly five months of pressure on Israel to allow more aid into Gaza, where about 80 percent of the population has been displaced and famine looms, has yielded only limited results.

Even Biden, who refuses to blame Israel for obstructing the entry of aid, publicly admitted on Friday that more relief supplies must be brought into the Gaza Strip.

Biden said: “The truth is that the aid flowing to Gaza is not enough now. The lives of innocent people and the lives of children are at stake. Gaza must receive hundreds of trucks, not just a few trucks.”

Biden's statements came after more than 100 Palestinians were killed on Thursday while distributing aid in the northern Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli soldiers opened fire on a crowd that was gathering around humanitarian aid trucks in Gaza City, while an Israeli army official confirmed that there had been “limited shooting” by soldiers who “felt threatened,” and spoke of “a stampede in which dozens of residents were killed and injured.” Some of them were run over by aid trucks.”

For those closely monitoring the war between Israel and Hamas, the move to drop aid from the sky indicates that Biden cannot convince Netanyahu to do more to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinians, even to a small extent.

Former USAID humanitarian aid coordinator Dave Harden told Politico: “We look 100 percent weak. US administration officials are doing this (dropping aid) just to make themselves feel better.”

The National Security Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this statement, but during a press conference on Friday, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby agreed with Biden's assessment.

“We haven't been able to meet the needs,” Kirby said. "Not enough aid is getting to the people who need it in Gaza. It's not happening fast enough or in the quantities we need."

Harden insisted, "It is better for the United States to pressure Israel to allow other trucks to pass through the crossings."

The former American official continued: “The airdrop is stupid, expensive, and ineffective. It is more symbolic and makes the American administration feel satisfied that we did something.”

Senator Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat from Maryland who supports Biden's decision, agreed that what could be provided by planes alone was "a drop in the bucket of what is needed to avert the threat of imminent famine" attacking the residents of Gaza.

However, the member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee added, it “sends the right message, including the fact that the United States is so fed up with the Netanyahu government restricting humanitarian access to Gaza, that Washington has to do it itself.”

The United States has several ways to influence Israel's behavior in the war, the most important of which is setting conditions on providing military aid to it.

Democrats in Congress have long suggested that Biden halt new arms sales to Israel until Netanyahu addresses the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but Kirby, who is aware that the United States is in talks with Israel about delivering a new arms shipment, reiterated on Friday that the United States “will continue to support Israel’s right to self-defense".

“What makes matters even more puzzling is that we do this while continuing to send weapons to the same military responsible for forcing us to conduct aid airdrops,” said Charles Lister, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute.

Lister considered that "the United States having to mobilize military resources to airdrop aid into Gaza is a stunning symbol of the extent of the strict restrictions that Israel imposes on the entry of this aid."