Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Saturday that the Libyan aid ship headed to Gaza is an "unnecessary provocation," and that the aid could be sent through Israel.
"We recommend the organizers of the flotilla sail to the port of Ashdod or Al-Arish."
The Gaza aid vessel Amalthea
set sail from Lavrio, south of Athens, on Saturday, carrying food and medication.
The ship, which was docked at a Greek port and flying a Moldovan flag, had intended to set sail Friday. It was carrying humanitarian aid as well as activists intending to reach Gaza, and was funded by an organization headed by the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.