The soldiers' excuse is frequently that the Israelis didn't stop, but one of the warnings we're given is that there are terrorists disguised as soldiers or Jews, and we should be wary about stopping. As a frequent trempistit, one who must get rides, I know how hard it is to
Once when I was in a car, a safe car, a large white van with a friend/neighbor driving it, it almost became a nightmare. As we turned off the main road at the Shiloh Junction, I noticed a few people waiting, so I asked the driver to stop and give them a ride. Suddenly... like in the movies... within seconds there were solidiers on both sides of the van, at the windows, aiming rifles in our faces. We looked at them, and they looked at us, and then... as quickly as they had come, they just disappeared.
My "miracle" happened before the 2003 IDF "accidental" killing of Yehuda Ben-Yosef and Yoav Doron. I wonder how many other close calls there have been.