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Here are the editorials we're working on for Tuesday's paper. We'll print some of the best comments alongside them.

--Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's offer of a limited Palestinian state doesn't go nearly far enough. He wants to continue "natural growth" in Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory and an undivided, Israeli Jerusalem as a precondition for peace. Those and other positions he took in his speech Sunday demand too much compromise by Palestinians and not enough from Israel. But the speech was encouraging nonetheless. It indicated two important things: That the right-wing coalition government Mr. Netanyahu heads accepts the notion of a Palestinian state, and that the United States is still able to bring meaningful pressure to bear on Israel to move the nation toward a peaceful settlement. Mr. Netanyahu's address is generally seen as a response to President Obama's address to the Muslim world from Cairo; it's encouraging to see that Mr. Obama's soft-power approach was able to generate a reaction at all and moreover that it got Mr. Netanyahu to change his long-held position on the two-state solution, if only modestly. That suggests that after all the years of progress and retreat in the march to peace, the possibility of success still remains.

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--The recent killing of Christopher Jones and the apparently gang-related retaliation for his death prove that big-city problems are creeping into the suburbs. Anne Arundel County and other suburban jurisdictions need to take this incident seriously with mediation programs, violence prevention initiatives, curfews and other measures. Those sorts of programs haven't solved the problems in cities like Baltimore and Washington, but they have made a difference, and they could help the suburbs nip their problems in the bud.

(AP photo)

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