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The Mideast is in flames: Ex-State Dept official

Geopolitical tensions boil over

There's almost no stability anywhere in the Mideast, as Israel's ground offensive pushes into Gaza, former top State Department official Robert Hormats said Friday.

Israeli troops seeking out rocket launching sites and tunnels as they clash with militant fighters in a campaign aimed at weakening Hamas. The ground operation began late Thursday, following a 10-day campaign of more than 2,000 Israeli airstrikes against Gaza that failed to halt relentless Hamas rocket fire into Israel.

Earller Thursday, an Israeli airstrike stopped 13 heavily armed Hamas militants who had tried to sneak into the country through a tunnel.

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"The Mideast is really in flames," Hormats said on CNBC's "Squawk Box." Besides the Israeli-Hamas conflict, "there's no effective border between Syria and Iraq anymore. Jordan is vulnerable. We now have Iran playing a stronger role."

"Egypt is a stable country ... but we really don't have good relations with them," he added. "Israel is really the bastion of stability with which we have the best relations."

"So virtually anywhere this is an area in chaos," said Hormats, who served in numerous high-level positions in the State Department and is now vice chairman at Kissinger Associates, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's international consulting firm. He's also a former Goldman Sachs vice chairman.

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—By CNBC's Matthew J. Belvedere. The Assoicated Press contributed to this report.